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3:00 PM on 08.14.2014

This Japanese documentary goes inside Nintendo, Sega, Enix, and more

This documentary takes a look at the state of these monolithic Japanese institutions circa 1995! It's hard to believe things have changed so much in just twenty years. NEC and Sega are no longer in the hardware game and NEC i...

Brittany Vincent


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Terra Battle launches on October 9th

Terra Battle, the highly anticipated RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi, launches worldwide on October 9th. Find out more




11:00 PM on 05.28.2014

Sip in style with these retro Taito coffee mugs

You can never have too many coffee mugs. My favorite just happens to be the House Targaryen stein I've got chilling in my cabinet, but I rarely drink coffee (if ever) so I don't have much of a reason to use it. But if I ever ...

Brittany Vincent

5:30 PM on 05.23.2014

Meet the cast of Left 4 Dead's Japanese arcade version

Left 4 Dead: Survivors is shambling to test locations in Tokyo today, courtesy of Taito. The Japanese arcade release sports a number of subtle changes to the classic zombie-shooting formula, including a strange new controller...

Kyle MacGregor

2:30 PM on 04.30.2014

Taito's 'Project Z' endeavor is actually a Left 4 Dead game

Left 4 Dead in Japanese arcades? It's more likely than you think. Actually, it's definitely going to happen. Taito's been teasing a "Project Z" for some time now for its Nesica arcade systems, but today the official site has...

Brittany Vincent

7:00 PM on 04.26.2014

Bust-a-Move 4 bobbles over to PSN next week

Earlier this month, Nastume announced it would be bringing Taito's Bust-a-Move 4 on PlayStation Network this spring. We didn't get a specific release date back then, but the latest episode of the Play...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 PM on 04.11.2013

Taito's Crime Connection wants your phone's contact info

Crime Connection, the latest iOS and Android title from Square Enix subsidiary Taito, is a free-to-play "social crime simulation" in the style of Mafia Wars. There is a serious caveat to the game, however, and I'm not talking...

Allistair Pinsof

9:30 AM on 06.22.2012

Raystorm now available on the App Store

Taito's classic pew-pew-pew space shooter, Raystorm, is now available on the Apple App Store, for iPhone and iPod Touch. The 1996 arcade classic has been recreated for iOS with a pixel-perfect arcade mode, but there's also a ...

Dale North

8:30 PM on 01.13.2012

TAITO's Rayforce out now on the App store

Rayforce is now out on the App store for iPhone and iPod users. It's the classic shoot 'em up you remember, but there are some new features like the obvious touch controls. Additionally, you can view the game in the origin...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 12.30.2011

'Impossible' Famicom game Takeshi's Challenge translated

Takeshi Kitano, Japan's most extreme eliminator, hates technology. Naturally, he was the best person to ask to help make a videogame. The result was Takeshi no Chousenjou (Takeshi's Challenge), a Famicom title that was nearl...

Tony Ponce

1:30 PM on 12.20.2011

Get this game: Groove Coaster is $0.99 for the holidays

Groove Coaster is awesome. It's easily one of my favorite iOS titles, and I think that every rhythm game fan should check it out. It's kind of like Rez in the visual department, but the music gaming is much simpler, as it has...

Dale North

8:00 AM on 12.11.2011

Friggin' Japan and its awesome Taito Station arcades!

Nerdcore artist Random is currently touring Japan and taking the time to enjoy the sights and sounds in between gigs. Naturally, he had to check out a Taito Station and share the experience with his fans. This is pure guerri...

Tony Ponce





4:00 PM on 11.10.2011

It Came from Japan! PuLiRuLa

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.] When it comes to '90s beat 'em ups, there are only a few ga...

Allistair Pinsof

11:15 AM on 07.17.2011

Rhythm-based Space Invaders? Get ready to Groove Coaster

Space Invaders Infinity Gene stands alongside Pac-Man Championship Edition DX and Galaga Legions DX as one of the best modern re-imaginings of a classic arcade title. All of those games share a certain subtle rhythm that snea...

Jonathan Holmes



AOU 2011: Music GunGun 2 was pretty fun fun, too photo
AOU 2011: Music GunGun 2 was pretty fun fun, too
by Dale North

Taito's arcade sequel, Music GunGun 2, again mixes music/rhythm gaming with light gun shooting. Take popular music and add a light gun to shoot notes to the beat and you've got the right idea.

After waiting in an insanely long line at AOU 2011 yesterday, I got a chance to play. I was cocky and told the attendant that I would not be needed the tutorial mode. I picked a hard song on a hard level and got a "D" grade score. I heard those behind me in line snickering. I later came back and got a "B" on an easier song, but it was too late by then. None of those that saw my original failing were there to see this redemption. 

As you can see in the video above, you're in a boss battle of sorts, and you'll work alone or with a partner (400 yen for 2P!) to shoot out bad music notes to the beat. A hoop around the notes lights up to give players a feeling for the beat. A full rotation indicates a full beat, and that's when you should shoot. It you play two-player, both players will trade off rhythms. In the harder modes, you'll have to shoot 16th notes and fire and drag notes in perfect time. It gets pretty insane, as you'll see at the end of the above video.

There's going to be about 100 songs total when GunGun 2 hits arcades. Within the offerings I saw, there's game music (Super Mario Bros. Theme included), original songs, anime, J-pop, classical and "kids." Of course, some of the most popular offerings were listed under the Hatsune Miku. 

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Review: Space Invaders Infinity Gene (PS3/360) photo
Review: Space Invaders Infinity Gene (PS3/360)
by Colette Bennett

If you have an iPhone, you may have played Space Invaders Infinity Gene when it came out late last year. Why are we excited about a port then, you ask? Why, HD, of course. That, and the ability to use a gamepad rather than your iPhone's touchscreen. Kind of brings the whole experience from "awkward" to "awesome" (although I do admit the iPhone version is really good for a no-controller game). And since I am an admitted addict to downloadable content, I volunteered to be the first to lay my mitts on this stylish new version of the game.

Based on the concept of evolution, Infinity Gene opens with the iconic intro level to the game you remember from the arcade, but soon morphs into an entirely different animal, challenging the player to earn upgrades and eventually go sailing from a flat playing field into a three dimensional world of brilliant vector-levels. Sound like your cup of tea? Hit the jump, and we'll help edge you towards your own evolution.

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3:15 AM on 09.29.2010

Puzzle Bobble coming to 3DS

Famitsu has posted some information and screenshots on a new Puzzle Bobble game coming to the 3DS. Under the working title Tobidasu! Puzzle Bobble 3D (which translates roughly to "Jump Out! Puzzle Bobble 3D"), the game is exp...

Conrad Zimmerman